April 2021 Agenda—Arlington Heights, Illinois

Facilitating Technology Enriched Classrooms for 21st Century Learners.

Begin at 9:00am

Getting Connected


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Pot Belly’s


April is “National Poetry Month.”  Write your own Magnetic Poetry Poem about anything having to do with spring, summer, weather…etc.  Can be a single line…


(You might have to copy and paste link into another tab.  *Note: there is a “more words” button in the bottom right corner that will shuffle things up for you!)

Then copy your words to this padlet and add a photo for all to see!

Made with Padlet


Isaiah 43:19 says, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Isaiah 43:18 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”


1. The next workshop date is scheduled for Thursday, April 29th.

2. Illinois Digital Educators Calendar of Events

Earn Microcredentials at your own pace

International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE)

Thinking about robotics? Wonder Workshop International STEAM Summit April 25-29.  Completely virtual and free!  Watch the videos and instruction when you have time.  Follow link to register.

3. Our next cohorts for the 2021/2022 school year are filling up fast! We know that word of mouth and personal testimonies or words of encouragement can go a long way. So, if you can encourage a teacher to register, we would greatly appreciate it! As a thank you, for every teacher that registers on account of you, we will enter both your name and theirs into our drawing announcing two winners at the end of March for a chance to win your choice of a $50 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers or Amazon! Do you have other friends or family members teaching in Lutheran schools? If so, you can encourage them to join a cohort near them and we’ll again enter your name and theirs also. The more teachers you get to register, the more times your name will be entered into the drawing. All you need to do is encourage someone to register for TEC21 for the 2021/2022 school year and reach out to Helena (helenastephens@tec21connect.com). In order to be officially submitted in the drawing, she needs to have your name and the teacher you encouraged. #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

4. “Celebration Day” is next month and it is a time to celebrate each other’s successes! What does the format of the day look like and what can you do to prepare?  This will be an opportunity for you to share what you have learned and how you have grown as an educator through the processes of inquiry, investigation, and implementation. How can you prepare?

Helpful tips:

  • Think of the day as a mini-conference and each of you will be the presenters (Remember that you are sharing with friends, so keep this all in perspective and have fun with this.)

  • Spend approximately 10 minutes showing some things you’ve accomplished this year – what you did, how you did it, and why you did it.

  • Click on the SHARED DOCUMENTS to add your first & last name, description & links to your respective center’s Google Doc in preparation for “Celebration Day”. Do you have samples of student projects hosted on the web? Share those links, too! Here’s an example of a variety of different ways past TEC21 Teachers presented their learning – SAMPLE.

  • You might also want to use the Celebration Day guide to help to organize your thoughts. To download a copy to print, click HERE.

How to Obtain 3 Graduate-level Credits Through Your TEC21 Experience

Will you be needing to renew your teaching license soon? Are you thinking about pursuing a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, we encourage you to consider applying to Concordia University, Nebraska, to receive three graduate-level credits for your TEC21 experience. There is no additional work that is required of you and the process is simple. The online application is now open and runs through May 15, 2021. Follow these four easy steps to apply:

First, select the “Apply Here” link to create an account.

Next, complete the fields in the form. Where it asks for Academic Level, select “Non-Degree Coursework”. Where it asks for Entry Term, select “Summer Semester 2021”. Where it asks for Academic Program, select “TEC21”. After completing the remaining fields, select “Create Account”.

Now, check your email for confirmation that your application came through successfully.

Lastly, select the link provided in the confirmation email to make your online payment in the amount of $240 ($80/credit hour) using a debit or credit card. That’s it! You’re done!

On June 1, transcripts will be available upon request. If you ever have questions regarding how these three graduate-level credits could be applied to a master’s degree program now or in the coming years (they are good for 5 years), contact Anna Boriack, Director of Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Innovation Specialist. She will be happy to help you. Her email address is anna.boriack@cune.edu. Concordia University, Nebraska is a ministry partner of TEC21, so they may email you from time to time to share opportunities of how these credits could be applied toward graduate-level programs they offer.

Please note: The opportunity detailed above is optional. Additionally, all TEC21 participants will receive a certificate on the final workshop day stating 35 professional development hours have been completed through the TEC21 Workshop Program. How state board of education departments and the 35 LCMS districts recognize these 35 hours of professional development vary from state to state and district to district. (For example, see how the Kansas District of the LCMS Licensure Renewal has a distinct process in place for the teachers serving in this district.) So, be sure to contact your respective state’s board of education department or your LCMS district office if you have any questions on how to renew your certificate or license using your TEC21 experience!

1. Discover … something new!

2. Explore …something new!

3. Design …something new!

4. Be a resource to another teacher by sharing with them a digital tool, a resource, a learning activity, or an assessment strategy you learned about at today’s workshop.


“Outside” the box teaching and learning example



Think “Makerspaces” – low-tech & high tech

“Giving students a comfortable place to fail.”

  • Makerspace Article-Why the Makerspace Movement Matters to Educators

  • Let’s Play-pipe cleaner activity-use 10 pipe cleaners with a partner to make a structure as high as possible

  • Paper Circuits-Paper Circuits and Literature

  • More paper circuit information and where to get paper circuit materials-ChibitronicsAmazon

  • Makey Makey-Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future. Makey Makey: An Invention Kit for Everyone.

Robotics for Every Budget

Bristle Bot

This guide will show you how to make a bristlebot which is a simple robot created from a toothbrush and a vibrating motor.  This makerspace project is great for K-6 students and older because of its simplicity and fun.


Sphero is a robot (about $100-$120) that allows kids to control it with a remote control such as an iPad or other type of tablet/phone or can learn programming


Ozobot is a little toy robot that blends the physical and digital worlds — and teaches kids programming.” VentureBeat ($100)

Lego WeDo

LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 combines LEGO elements with intuitive block-based coding and standards-aligned lesson plans that make STEAM learning fun and accessible. LEGO bricks, sensors and motors help students of all levels develop concrete and tangible understanding of abstract concepts.

Dash and Dot

Every day, classrooms around the world demonstrate the powerful sense of collaboration and hands-on learning that DashDot, and Cue inspire in students

Digital Tools & Resources

Instructables is a community for people who like to make things. Come explore, share, and make your next project with us!

5Th Grade STEM Unit Resources

Adverbs Google Assignment example

Corey Nelson

Corey Nelson, TEC21 Facilitator, recently shared a link to his personal website where he is equipping not only his own school faculty, but so many other teachers too because of his collaborative spirit. He writes, “This is the page on my personal site that I’m placing resources for our teachers as we prepare to go online, if needed. More will be added as I discover other items!” Thank you, Corey! (click his picture)

Mark Hess

Mark Hess, Facilitator in Munster, Indiana has has developed a website full of helpful digital resources! Thank you, Mark, for sharing this with so many teachers! Here’s the link – http://bit.ly/linksMark

The best FREE Google Slides themes and pptx templates. Your PowerPoint or Google Slides will never be the same! Much more than presentations! (Slidescarnival is another one).

Free Virtual Art Gallery, an interactive template to showcase your students’ work.

Easily create visual learning materials and virtual tours, empower students to work on projects and assignments using text, voice, photos, and video.

Free, but – $35/year upgrade allows you a teacher dashboard, and full access to 360 library

For virtual tours – classrooms?

Google’s Hidden Tools Interactive slideshow of Google tips & tricks.  (Click on the title in each slide to see that tip)

MASSIVE list of Technology Reosurces for teachers (including math!)

Weekly STEAM Curriculum This Google Doc provides one STEM activity for each week of the school year.  The curriculum includes basic instruction, material lists and pictures.

Jaime Donally is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into Instructional Technology. Her desire to build relationships has brought about opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff development and training on immersive technology as an edtech consultant.

DISCOVERY PUZZLE MAKER OLIDE, BUT GOODIE…Discovery Puzzlemaker has been around FOREVER!  It is basic, but functional.   This is a great resource if you are looking for ways to build paper worksheets, activities, or puzzles.  Puzzlemaker allows you to paste in content or type it up as you go and then delivers it in a format you can print off for your students (OR SAVE AS A PDF AND POST DIGITALLY).

Freeology Free worksheets on a wide variety of topics and more…

Nasa Kid’s Club  The NASA Kids‘ Club is a games-based website that stimulates children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by incorporating five skill levels, national education standards and NASA content.

Explore Live Nature Webcams   Explore.org is the world’s leading philanthropic live nature cam network and documentary film channel.  From eaglets to piglets there are a lot of streams to view.  How fun just to have one of these on during worktime?

Book Snaps How to do a Book Snap (yes, like SnapChat)…  a creative way to help students engage with literature.  Essentially, a book snap is grabbing a short quote from a book and creating a shareable image about it. Typically, people take a quick snap or screenshot (if the text is digital) of something they are reading. Once it is an image, they add to it other images and text, then save and share it. explaining the digital tool whenever possible.

Makerspaces Makerspaces.com is an awesome website that has a ton of makerspace ideas and activities.  The BristleBot activity came from this site.  Makerspace.com is an online community from Make: – the leading media company dedicated to the maker movement and to all things making.  FREE E-booK

Lunch Hour at 11:30am/Back to Work at 12:30pm

Project Development

TEC21 Challenges

 1. Digital: Prepare for Celebration Day! Have fun with this! Use the questions and strategies on the following document to prepare for the day: click HERE.

2. Social: Registration for the TEC21 Workshop Program for the 2021/2022 school year opened on January 2, 2021. Please encourage a fellow teacher to join us next year! Share with them the value of connecting with other teachers serving in Lutheran schools and the impact it’s having on you and your students. Thank you in advance for being an ambassador for TEC21 and supporting our vision and mission for the sake of the Gospel! #TEC21lcms #LutheranSchoolsThrive #LuthEd

3. Spiritual: Be a resource to at least one new person on your faculty before we meet again.


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Denise Murphy




Connected teachers inspiring students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.